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  • Posted: Feb 6, 2023
    Deadline: Feb 20, 2023
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality and works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs. CRS has been helping po...
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    Intern - Field Research - Isiolo

    Summary of the Position

    The general purpose of the CRS internship program is to provide learning opportunities to young Kenyan graduates while creating a pool of employable persons for both short- and long-term humanitarian aid and development-related careers.

    The internship programme applies to graduates who have completed studies in the relevant field of study within the last two years and willing to commit to the program for six months.

    CRS is therefore currently seeking Interns who have a strong interest in gaining participatory research (technical & field) experience in the development context as it relates to the Kenyan ASALs. The interns would be engaged in supporting the implementation of a one-year mixed methods action research study, “Understanding the Potential of Conditional Cash Transfers in Addressing Acute Malnutrition.” to inform the potential of conditional cash transfer in alleviating acute malnutrition in Isiolo and Marsabit. The interns will support the implementation of the study. S/he would be involved in the support of various aspects of the research study including data collection (quantitative & qualitative) training of enumerators, data analysis and quality assurance at multiple levels.

    Clear internship objectives will be developed at the beginning of the internship period, assessed, and monitored on a regular basis, and final appraisal conducted at the end of the internship period to ensure that the intern achieves their learning and development objectives. 

    Roles and responsibilities:

    • Support the Research & Design Manager and Research Associate in implementing the study as needed
    • Support the Research & Design Manager and Research Associate in recruitment and training of enumerators including piloting data collection tools
    • Support quality assurance during data collection including data verification, validation and review of collected data to ensure all questions are completed prior to online submission. (May support with data cleaning)
    • Recruit/identify knowledgeable qualitative data collection participants using a set of defined eligibility criteria
    • Engage in secondary data collection and qualitative data collection including observations, KIIs and FGDs. Support in taking detailed notes at key KIIs and FGDs with identified stakeholders.
    • Support the Research Associate in the supervision and management of the field team and data collection activities
    • Support the Research Associate to provide field logistics to ensure that the field research teams are adequately facilitated working closely with research & design team, Caritas-Marsabit & Isiolo and Head of Offices.
    • Engage in daily and weekly debriefs during data collection with the Research Associate and Research & Design Manager
    • Work with Nawiri field teams to ensure effective community mobilization for the relevant stakeholders across the county and sub county level.
    • Work in close collaboration with the Field offices, Monitoring and evaluation, Accountability & Learning and other technical field teams
    • Keep all documents and information related to CRS' program activities, personnel and development plans confidential.
    • Adhere to CRS' principles of confidentiality in relations to staff, partners, vendors and other stakeholders. Report to the management potential irregularities or any misbehaviour that occurs
    • Be flexible to undertake any other roles as assigned.

    Key Working Relationships:

    • Internal:  Nawiri Research & Design Manager, Research Associate, County Head of offices, Nawiri program team, Local health facilities, data enumerators
    • External: Consortium partners, health facilities, government bodies at different levels,


    • BA or B.Sc. degree in social sciences, nutrition or health related graduate within the past 2 years and a strong interest in research.
    • 2 years previous field data collection an advantage
    • Strong knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Knowledge of statistical c & qualitative analysis concepts and processes is a plus
    • Experience with field data collection applications e.g CommCare a plus
    • Excellent communication skills and ability to work well in community setting.
    • Familiarity with Isiolo and Marsabit County and local communities an asset
    • Commitment to respect, equity, diversity, and inclusion including gender equality.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Catholic Relief on to apply

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